Hi, I'm in the process of building a mid-priced desktop. My main concern is case and cooling since this is my first hand built computer. I want a fairly good case with some credibility (I've heard antec 300/600/900 are really good.) Please suggest something that will make sure everything fits, and provides good air flow. I intend to possibly overclock a little bit, just with the programs that the mobo/cpu provides.
XFX Radeon HD 4890 HD489XZSFC 1GB 850MHZ 1GB 3.9GHZ GDDR5 PCI-E 2XDVI HDTV Video Card
Western Digital WD15EARS Caviar Green 1.5TB SATA 64MB Cache 3.5IN Hard Drive OEM
Corsair TX750W 750W ATX 12V 60A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 140MM Fan
I plan to buy any cheap dvd burner drive, and also Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.
So, with all that in mind, what's a good case you would recommend? I don't need anything huge and fancy, but just something reliable (has good rep) and will allow for ample air flow. I only to plan to overclock the i7 920 to 3ghz at most, so I'm not really sure if I need extra cooling accessories. So far, the Antec 300 looks good but I'm thinking it might be too small, so maybe the 600?
Thanks in advance. Oh and I'm buying from NCIX.com and newegg.ca from Canada.
ALSO, if you notice any compatibility issues among the pieces I have already, please let me know! I did a lot of research as I was buying parts, but if I missed something, help would be appreciated. And for the Graphics card, it's sort of temporary, I had a 4890 from before, so i know it seems weak for an i7 build, but it may change in the future. Thanks again!
You will need an aftermarket HSF, if you plan on overclocking. I would go with the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus. It is a great performing HSF at a great price.
I will probably switch out the HD later since I already have the WD 1.5tb. But yeah for the case, that helps a lot, but one question, if it the 300 and CoolerMaster 212 are "ATX" cases, does that mean my stuff won't fit in them? I heard unless you have a ATX motherboard it may not fit well.
I know I say this a lot, but ask yourself: "Do I actually NEED a top fan?"
Yes, I'm aware of the boost they give to air circulation, but I'd argue that they're overkill for anyone but serious overclockers. Under regular circumstances, the primary use of a top fan seems to be as a nice big opening to spill things down.